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Lindsey Stirling
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People need to realize that Lindsey is not a classical violinist. She has said so in interviews. Lindsey is an entertainer. She loves to dance and she loves her violin, and was smart enough and talented enough to put the two together to entertain and have fun doing it.

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Lindsey started as a Classical violinist & played Classical music from age 6 to 20! 

 

 

Her newest video (just up yesterday) is quite interesting/inspirational - maybe resonates with insecurities most of us have learning something so demanding as violin & dance! 

  

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Havent really followed her but tons of respect for what she can do and obvious devotion to what she wanted to axhieve.   Especially after the Americas Got Talent.  Alot of people wouldve ended there.

when i think of someone studying classical music.. idk.. it sounds like to me and i dont care either way but as far as how she got here ...she says she started with half lessons in suzuki and played by ear...  that part is in the wiki article linked below.

 

Your music is so original and has undoubtedly inspired many young people to take up violin, in particular. Would you mind telling us just a little about your classical background and how you think that training helped influence your career?

L.S. I learned the Suzuki method when I was young. I couldn’t read music very well (I had mild dyslexia) so I learned by ear. At first I felt cursed, because I had such a hard time reading music, but ultimately it ended up being a blessing in disguise because it forced me to listen. When I write my music, I don’t actually write anything down; I create as I go. The one thing I tell young musicians who ask me what they should do to improve their playing is to focus on the boring stuff: scales and arpeggios. Master them, know them frontwards backwards and sideways! And then reward yourself by playing something fun.

It seems to me her approach is more of a flow spontaneous kind of thing and does alot by ear and what sound she is going for.  learn the fundamentals then create.

In addition to your original pieces, your violin covers/collaborations are immensely popular. How do you choose what to cover and how does your process differ from composing your original songs?

L.S. A lot of my cover ideas come from my fans. My personal vote counts for at least 60% (I have to like the music myself), but I love the challenge of taking a piece of amazing music and molding it into something totally unique. I usually start by studying the original music (listen to it over and over again), and I always try to study the story behind the composition, especially where “gaming music” is concerned (gamers are VERY particular to detail).

heres the full interview and some info from wiki

https://www.musicnotes.com/blo.....interview/

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wik.....y_Stirling

 

I think the main thing is she was passionate about violin and put in years of practice in her approach.

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She said that she does not categorize herself, in an interview that I read. which fits right in with what she does, entertain and have fun doing it, as well as inspire younger wanna be's. Can't ask for more.

Who cares if she is classified as classical, pop or whatever. Most students learn with classical music, that does not make them classical players, it is how they see themselves. I just enjoy her performances. I have rarely seen her perform a classical piece. 

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Thought I just repeated what she said in the video - but maybe she meant different(?) 

I thought it was great she was recommending having a base of Classical music in the 1st video... not that it's the style she plays in her other videos. 

The 2nd video felt like she did a retrospective - that she struggled, but you can tell she's obviously glad she stuck with Violin, dancing & the hard road of public entertainment.

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yeah its interesting.   the video is 6 months old (newer than the quote of mouse that you shared btw)

she says its the first time performing a classical piece on tour.   I, like mouse had impression from previous interviews she wasnt a classical muscian.. but she says in video she played almost exclusively which seems to be different than what ive read before..  so who knows.  kids study classical..  😁

good at what she does regardless of method.

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